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Retiring Warren police chief reflects on hurdles and progress

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WARREN, Ohio - After four years of holding down the leadership role, Warren's Police chief is retiring.

Monday was Chief Tim Bowers' last day reporting for official duty at the Warren Police Department.

He leaves the post proud of his accomplishments and happy that he chose a career that he says he enjoyed everyday.

Bowers began serving the city of Warren in 1978, when he was sworn in as a cadet, after which he began moving up the ladder, promotion by promotion.

With more than three decades of service, he reflects on his years working to keep the city safe, which he says is still challenging with cuts to budgets for manpower.

"Providing police service is a labor intense function and without the labor, the manpower, it's very, very challenging, if not impossible," Bowers says.

Constant crime fighting leaves less time for crime prevention. Bowers says the local job loss and economic hardships are linked to the growing number of incidents his department is working to combat.

"Because of the economy, we have a lot more crime. We have a lot more disorder," Bowers says. "We also have a lot more fear crime, which is actually more difficult to combat than crime itself."

But Bowers says he's proud of the Citizen Police Awareness Academy and gaining respect in the law enforcement community, as he leaves progress behind for his successor.

"I think my proudest thing is that I've developed a relationship with all the local, state and federal agencies," he says. 

Captain Eric Merkel will take over his duties on Tuesday.

A swearing in ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Warren City Hall.

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